- Films Written by Faulkner
- Credited Screenplays:
- Faulkner received on-screen credit for the following films.
- Today We Live. Dir. Howard Hawks. Screenplay by Edith Fitzgerald,
Dwight Taylor, and William Faulkner; based on the Faulkner story
"Turn About." MGM, 1933.
- The Road to Glory. Dir. Howard Hawks. Screenplay by Joel
Sayre and William Faulkner; based on Raymond Bernard's film Les
Croix de Bois. 20th Century-Fox, 1936.
- Slave Ship. Dir. Tay Garnett. Screenplay by Sam Hellman,
Lamar Trotti, Gladys Lehman, and William Faulkner; based on the
novel The Last Slaver by George S. King. 20th Century-Fox,
- To Have and Have Not. Dir. Howard Hawks. Screenplay by
Jules Furthman and William Faulkner; based on the novel by Ernest
Hemingway. Warner Brothers, 1944.
- The Big Sleep. Dir. Howard Hawks. Screenplay by William
Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman; based on the novel
by Raymond Chandler. Warner Brothers, 1946.
- Land of the Pharaohs. Dir. Howard Hawks. Screenplay by
William Faulkner, Harry Kurnitz, and Harold Jack Bloom. Warner Brothers,
- Uncredited Screenplays:
- Faulkner did some writing work on the following produced films but
received no screen credit for them.
- Lazy River. Dir. George B. Seitz. Screenplay by Lucien
Hubbard; based on the play Ruby by Lea David Freeman. MGM,
1934. Faulkner worked on dialogue during shooting.
- Sutter's Gold. Dir. James Cruze. Screenplay by Jack Kirkland,
Walter Woods, and George O'Neill; based on the biography L'Or
by Blaise Cendrars and on a story by Bruno Frank. Universal, 1936.
Faulkner worked on a treatment (a story-like outline of the film's
- Banjo on My Knee. Dir. John Cromwell. Screenplay by Nunnally
Johnson; based on the novel Banjo on My Knee by Harry Hamilton.
20th Century-Fox, 1936. Faulkner worked on a treatment of the fifth
and sixth sequences.
- Gunga Din. Dir. George Stevens. Screenplay by Fred Guiol;
story by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur; from the poem by Rudyard
Kipling. RKO, 1939. Faulkner worked on treatment and dialogue revision.
- Four Men and a Prayer. Dir. John Ford. Screenplay by Richard
Sherman, Sonya Levien, and Walter Ferris; based on the novel Four
Men and a Prayer by David Garth. 20th Century-Fox, 1938. Faulkner
commented and made minor revisions to a treatment by Sonya Levien
and Wallace Sullivan.
- Submarine Patrol. Dir. John Ford. Screenplay by Rian James,
Darrell Ware, and Jack Yellen; based on the novel The Splinter
Fleet of the Otranto Barrage by Ray Millholland. Faulkner wrote
a screenplay with Kathryn Scola.
- Dance Hall. Dir. Irving Pichel. Screenplay by Stanley Rauh
and Ethel Mill; based on the novel The Giant Swing by William
Riley Burnett. 20th Century-Fox, 1941. Faulkner made minor contributions
to a screenplay by Kathryn Scola and Lamar Trotti.
- Drums Along the Mohawk. Dir. John Ford. Screenplay by Sonya
Levien, Lamar Trotti; based on the novel by Walter D. Edmonds. 20th
Century-Fox, 1939. Faulkner worked on a treatment.
- Air Force. Dir. Howard Hawks. Screenplay by Dudley Nichols.
Warner Brothers, 1942. Faulkner rewrote two scenes in Nichols' screenplay.
- Background to Danger. Dir. Raoul Walsh. Screenplay by W.R.
Burnett; based on the novel Uncommon Danger by Eric Ambler.
Faulkner, A.I. Bezzerides, and Daniel Fuchs made minor revisions
on a screenplay by W.R. Burnett.
- Northern Pursuit. Dir. Raoul Walsh. Screenplay by A.I.
Bezzerides; based on the story "Five Thousand Trojan Horses" by
Leslie T. White. Warner Brothers, 1943. Faulkner, Bezzerides, Robert
Rossen, Frank Gruber, and others wrote a screenplay.
- Deep Valley. Dir. Jean Negulesco. Screenplay by Salka Viertel
and Stephen Morehouse Avery; based on the novel Deep Valley
by Dan Totheroh. Warner Brothers, 1947. Faulkner worked on continuity
- God Is My Co-Pilot. Dir. Robert Florey. Screenplay by Peter
Milne; based on the autobiography God Is My Co-Pilot by Col.
Robert Lee Scott. Warner Brothers, 1944. Faulkner wrote treatment.
- The Damned Don't Cry. Dir. Vincent Sherman. Screenplay
by Harold Medford and Jerome Weidman; based on a story by Gertrude
Walker and on Faulkner's story "The Brooch." Warner Brother, 1950.
Faulkner wrote treatment.
- The Adventures of Don Juan. Dir. Vincent Shermann. Screenplay
by George Oppenheimer and Harry Kurnitz; based on a story by Herbert
Dalmas. Warner Brothers, 1945. Faulkner revised a screenplay.
- Escape in the Desert. Dir. Edward A. Blatt. Screenplay
by Thomas Job; based on Marvin Borowsky's adaptation of Robert Sherwood's
play. Warner Brothers, 1945. Faulkner and A.I. Bezzerides wrote
screenplay for "Strangers in Our Midst" marginally based on Archie
Mayo's film The Petrified Forest (1936).
- The Southerner. Dir. and Screenplay by Jean Renoir. United
Artists, 1945. Faulkner worked on final screenplay with Renoir.
- Mildred Pierce. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Screenplay by Ranald
MacDougall and Catherine Turney; based on the novel Mildred Pierce
by James M. Cain. Warner Brothers, 1945. Faulkner revised a screenplay.
- Stallion Road. Dir. James V. Kern. Screenplay by Stephen
Longstreet. Warner Brothers, 1947. Faulkner wrote treatment based
on Longstreet's novel Stallion Road and first and second
temporary screenplays; the final screenplay by Longstreet was written
in admiration but not imitation of Faulkner's version.
- Intruder in the Dust. Dir. Clarence Brown. Screenplay by
Ben Maddow; based on Faulkner's novel Intruder in the Dust.
MGM, 1949. Faulkner looked over and partially revised a screenplay.
- The Left Hand of God. Dir. Edward Dmytryk. Screenplay by
Alfred Hawyes; based on the novel by William E. Barrett. 20th Century-Fox,
1955. Faulkner wrote a screenplay.
- Television Screenplays:
- The Brooch. Final teleplay by Faulkner, Ed Rice, and Richard
McDonagh; based on Faulkner's story. Broadcast on Lux Video Theatre,
April 2, 1953.
- Shall Not Perish. Faulkner wrote teleplay; based on Faulkner's
story. Broadcast on Lux Video Theatre, February 11, 1954.
- The Graduation Dress. Teleplay by Faulkner and Joan Williams.
Broadcast on General Electric Theatre, October 30, 1960.
- The principal source for the above listings detailing Faulkner's screenwriting
career is the "Faulkner Filmography" in Bruce Kawin's Faulkner and
Film (New York: Ungar Publishing Co., 1977): 165-81.
Film Adaptations of Faulkner
- Films based on Faulkner's Fiction:
- A listing of big-screen productions based on fiction by Faulkner.
- Today We Live. See above for details.
- The Story of Temple Drake. Dir. Stephen Roberts. Screenplay
by Oliver H. P. Garrett; based on Sanctuary. Paramount, 1933.
- Intruder in the Dust. See above for details.
- The Tarnished Angels. Dir. Douglas Sirk. Screenplay by
George Zuckerman; based on Pylon. Universal-International,
- The Long Hot Summer. Dir. Martin Ritt. Screenplay by Irving
Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr.; based on The Hamlet. 20th
- The Sound and the Fury. Dir. Martin Ritt. Screenplay by
Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr.; based on the novel. 20th
- Sanctuary. Dir. Tony Richardson. Screenplay by James Poe;
based on Sanctuary and Requiem for a Nun. 20th Century-Fox,
- The Reivers. Dir. Mark Rydell. Screenplay by Irving Ravetch
and Harriet Frank, Jr.; bBased on the novel. National General, 1969.
- Tomorrow. Dir. Joseph Anthony. Screenplay by Horton Foote;
based on the short story. Filmgroup, 1972.
- Television films based on Faulkner's
- Tomorrow. Dir. Robert Mulligan. Screenplay by Horton Foote;
based on the short story. CBS-TV, first telecast March 7, 1960.
- Barn Burning. Dir. Peter Werner. Screenplay by Horton Foote;
based on the short story. The American Short Story Collection. PBS-TV,
first telecast March 17, 1980.
- The Bear. Dir. Bernard Wilets. Based on "The Bear" in Go
Down, Moses. BFA Educational Media, 1980.
- A Rose for Emily. Dir. Lyndon Chubbuck. Screenplay by H.
Kaye Dyal. Based on the story. Pyramid Films, 1982.
- The Long Hot Summer. Dir. Stuart Cooper, Screenplay by
Rita Mae Brown and Dennis Turner; based on The Hamlet and
previous screenplay by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr. NBC-TV,
first telecast October 6-7, 1985.
- Two Soldiers. Dir. Christopher LaPalm. Screenplay by Albert
Black and Lily Trayes. The American Short Story Collection II. The
American Film Institute, 1985. First broadcast on A&E-TV.
- Old Man. Dir. John Kent Harrison. Screenplay by Horton
Foote; based on the novella "Old Man" in The Wild Palms (If
I Forget Thee, Jerusalem). CBS-TV, first telecast February 9,
- Note to educators: The American Short Story Collection film adaptations
of "Barn Burning" and "Two Soldiers" are available on video from the
Monterey Movie Company and can be purchased from Brookside Media, telephone
Faulkner on Stage
- Plays by Faulkner:
- One of Faulkner's earliest works was
a play, The Marionettes, which was never produced. His later
Requiem for a Nun, a novel which consists of three dramatic scenes,
each of which is prefaced by a prose narrative applicable to the setting
of the ensuing scene, was first adapted for the stage and produced in
France by Albert Camus in 1956. The play would premiere in the United
States at New York's John Golden Theatre in January 1959, after having
been staged in twelve other nations. The New York production, directed
by Tony Richardson, starred Ruth Ford as Temple, Zachary Scott as Gavin
Stevens, and Beatrice Reading as Nancy Mannigoe.
- Stage Adaptations of Faulkner:
wrote and stars in the one-man play Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You
of Faulkner's novels and short stories have been adapted into stage
and even musical productions. As I Lay Dying has been adapted
and staged several times by theater groups, including productions by
Chicago's Steppenwolf ensemble and Kingston, Ontario's, Threshold Theater.
An adaptation of Faulkner's story "A Rose for Emily" by Katherine Lemke
Waste was part of Southern Gothic, a production by the Chico
Creek Theatre Festival in California which also included Twenty-Seven
Wagons Full of Cotton by Tennessee
of the most highly acclaimed stage adaptations of Faulkner is the one-man
show Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?. Based on the life of Faulkner,
the play was written by and stars John Maxwell, a native of Pickens,
Mississippi, and blends theatre and literature in a show that has been
acclaimed throughout the world since its opening by the New Stage Theatre
in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1981. Along with productions of the play,
Maxwell also will hold acting workshops, a Faulkner workshop, and a
lecture and question-and-answer session on the writing of the play.
For booking information, contact "Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?" at
3525 Hawthorne, Jackson, MS 39216, telephone 601-981-0777.
- For more information about films written by or based
upon stories by Faulkner, visit The
MovingPicture House section of William
Faulkner on the Web.
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